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A British man who died after battling a terminal disease has been mummified like an Egyptian Pharaoh for a Channel 4 show, with his consent.

His body will be seen and his identity revealed next week with his family telling why he agreed to the macabre documentary.

Sources say the man from the West Country had a keen interest in preservation techniques used at the time of Tutankhamun.

While popular culture has brought us such films as Boris Karloff's 1932 movie The Mummy with bodies "rising from the dead", a scientific embalming experiment is unprecedented.

A team of scientists was brought together to perform the technique used by the ancient embalmers, carrying out the process under laboratory conditions.

Researchers concentrated on the techniques used on Tutankhamun whose body, mummified during Egypt's 18th dynasty, was still remarkably preserved more than 3,000 years later when his tomb was found in 1922.

Egyptian embalmers left few clues about their ingredients but it is known embalming took 70 days, with 15 days spent cleansing and purifying the body, 40 days for drying and 15 days for wrapping, bandaging and art work.

"Using a secret and complex blend of ingredients and processes, embalmers managed to stop decomposition almost entirely," the Daily Express quoted a Channel 4 spokesman as saying. (ANI)

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